feel

verb
\ˈfēl \
felt\ ˈfelt \; feeling

Definition of feel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.

b : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles) He felt a sudden pain in his leg.

2a : to undergo passive experience of continually felt the resentment of his competitors

b : to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by felt the insult deeply

3 : to ascertain by cautious trial usually used with out feeling out the sentiments of their neighbors on the subject of school improvements

4a : to be aware of by instinct or inference feel trouble brewing

b : believe, think say what you really feel

5 US slang : to understand (someone) : to know how (someone) feels Yeah, I feel you on that. I fall asleep every time I'm in the car as well.— Scott Sugarman When you buckle your chinstrap up, it's with a purpose, dog! Do you feel me?— Eric Berry

intransitive verb

1a : to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation lost the ability to feel in his fingertips

b : to search for something by using the sense of touch She felt in her purse for her keys.

2a : to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition I feel sick.

b : to have a marked sentiment or opinion feels strongly about it

3 : seem it feels like spring today

4 : to have sympathy or pity I feel for you

feel like

: to have an inclination for feel like a walk?

feel

noun

Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the sense of touch

3a : the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touch

b : typical or peculiar quality or atmosphere also : an awareness of such a quality or atmosphere

4 : intuitive knowledge or ability

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Synonyms for feel

Synonyms: Verb

perceive, scent, see, sense, smell, taste

Synonyms: Noun

feeling, sensation, sense

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Examples of feel in a Sentence

Verb

He felt a sudden pain in his leg. I could feel the warmth of the sun. I felt someone tap my shoulder. Do you feel a draft? She felt the fabric to see if it was wool. Your ribs are bruised, but I don't feel any broken bones.

Noun

the feel of old leather Although the table is brand-new, it has the look and feel of an antique. He liked the feel of the sun on his face.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Over the fall and winter, U.S. troops felt misled by their government, deceived by their officers, abused by their allies and outgunned by their enemy, fighting in a war that was already over. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 Combine that with its 6.4-ounce weight, and the new Paperwhite looks and feels just different enough for users to notice a pleasant change. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kindle Paperwhite 2018 review: A more premium e-reader at the right price," 7 Nov. 2018 Coffman said that people who have issues related to gender and sexuality may feel more comfortable talking with someone who has the same gender or ethnic background as them. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "California needs more mental health professionals – and the shortage will get worse, experts say," 11 July 2018 The director can only be fired for cause — not because the president just feels like it. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Consumer advocacy groups are extremely worried about Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 An art maven’s weekly fix of the local arts scene: what to see, what to hear, what to do, who to meet and musings about how art makes people feel—their ArtFeel. Nickole Kerner Bobley, Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Woodlands native Phil Hernandez wins ASCAP award," 13 July 2018 Talk’ There’s an efficiency to the bowl that can make plates feel cumbersome by comparison. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "The Comfort of Bowl Food," 13 July 2018 Brice Loose can tell you exactly what an elephant seal feels like: a furry inflatable squishy toy, not quite as hard as a basketball. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 Having said that, the Justice Department’s decision to appeal its lost case against the merger feels like a waste of government time and money. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Trump Diplomacy, Wilbur Ross, China Surplus: CEO Daily for July 13, 2018," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For a course that will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the next couple years, the updates give the facility a more modern feel without sacrificing the old-school character. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 Behind the front the dew point dropped back into the 50s by early evening, giving a pleasant feel to the air. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "After Cold Front, Heat, Humidity Return," 6 July 2018 Photo by Chaos Z Via Dezeen Photo by Chaos Z Via Dezeen The veranda that wraps around the house is supported by steel structural columns that give the house a warm but utilitarian feel. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Traditional courtyard house gets a modern update," 5 July 2018 Aged cream furniture with light yellow accents and stone colored details give the room a nostalgic feel. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Blast from the past: This Glenmary home is a collector's paradise," 28 June 2018 The village of Providence in Huntsville, Ala., where Mr. Mouzon is the town architect, encourages builders to use gates that are set back 3 or 4 feet from fences around homes to give a more welcoming feel, and create variety in the architecture. Neal Templin, WSJ, "What Makes Walkable Communities Work," 26 June 2018 The original towering ceilings, dark interior wood and natural light from the large windows reflect the building’s history, but the renovation with glass offices and black and gray carpet add a modern feel. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s Mexican Consulate prepares for move into former Harvard Exit Theater," 25 June 2018 Kardashian’s orange bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez featured buttons and ruffles, giving it a retro feel. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Bikini-Clad Kourtney Kardashian Has Mediterranean Makeout with Younes Bendjima While Swimming in Italy," 23 June 2018 Dallas-Fort Worth has attracted waves of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers who have given North Texas a global feel. Diane Smith And Hanaa’ Tameez, star-telegram, "Father who fled gangs and escaped kidnappers: If they send us back we could be killed," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of feel

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feel

Verb

Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; akin to Old High German fuolen to feel, Latin palpare to caress

Noun

see feel entry 1

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feel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be aware of (something that affects you physically, such as pain, heat, or an object touching your body)

: to touch (something) with your fingers to see what it is like

: to find (something) by touching with your fingers

feel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

: the quality of a thing that is experienced by touching it

: a particular quality

: an understanding of something

feel

verb
\ˈfēl \
felt\ ˈfelt \; feeling

Kids Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be aware of through physical contact feel cold

2 : to examine or search for by touching The doctor felt for broken bones.

3 : to be conscious of He felt a fear of the dark.

4 : to seem especially to the touch This cloth feels like silk.

5 : to sense a physical, mental, or emotional state felt sick felt confused and angry

6 : to have sympathy I feel for you.

7 : believe sense 4, think Say what you feel.

feel like

: to have an urge or desire to Do you feel like taking a walk?

feel

noun

Kids Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sensation sense 2, feeling He likes the feel of the sun on his skin.

2 : the quality of something as learned through or as if through touch The sweater had a scratchy feel to it.

feel

verb
\ˈfē(ə)l \
felt\ ˈfelt \; feeling

Medical Definition of feel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality felt the compress to see if it was wet

2 : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)

intransitive verb

1 : to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation

2 : to search for something by using the sense of touch

feel

noun

Medical Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the sense of touch

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